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Last Updated: Saturday, 8 September 2007, 12:09 GMT 13:09 UK
ICC World Twenty20 venues
Three grounds will be used for the inaugural World Twenty20, which takes place from 11-24 September in South Africa.

NEWLANDS, Cape Town

Newlands, Cape Town

With Table Mountain as its backdrop, Newlands is one of the most spectacular sporting venues in the world.

The 25,000-seat stadium has hosted international cricket for 118 years and produced many a memorable outcome, with very few Tests drawn there.

With spinners and pacemen getting joy out of the track, high scores have proved difficult to come by in one-day internationals, with only 11 totals in excess of 250 recorded in 30 games.

England will play their two group games against Zimbabwe and Australia there, while the ground will also host the first semi-final.

KINGSMEAD, Durban

Kingsmead, Durban

Kingsmead has been the scene of many a dramatic game and thunderstorm in the 84 years it has hosted top-level cricket.

Located on the east coast of South Africa, the humidity provides plenty of help for the pacemen, with India's Ashish Nehra famously ripping through England here under the lights in the 2003 World Cup.

In that same tournament Canada's Austin Coddrington took 5-27 as they stunned Bangladesh.

Seating 25,000, the venue will host its share of group matches as well as the second semi-final.

WANDERERS, Johannesburg

Wanderers, Johannesburg

Wanderers has been the stage for all of South Africa's home Twenty20 internationals so far, most notably the 10-wicket hammering the hosts handed out to Pakistan by chasing 130 in 11.3 overs in February.

A good hunting ground for batsmen in recent years, it produced an astonishing ODI in March 2006, when the Proteas made a world-record 438-9 to overhaul Australia's 434-4 and Aussie seamer Mick Lewis conceded 113 runs in 10 overs.

The venue for this tournament's final was also the place where Michael Atherton famously batted for 10 hours to save a Test for England in 1995.



SEE ALSO
ICC World Twenty20 squads
08 Sep 07 |  Cricket
ICC World Twenty20 fixtures
05 Sep 07 |  Cricket
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